• Michael Haldas

Quotes of the Day for January 27, 2020 – Thoughts on attentiveness and temptation

Updated: Jan 27

“The essence of any striving towards the Lord is attentiveness. Without attentiveness, all of our labors become fruitless — dead. He who desires to be saved must strive to maintain attentiveness in himself not only in solitude, but also in the midst of distraction into which circumstances sometimes hurl him against his will. May the fear of God outweigh all other feelings in the scales of his heart. Then it will be easy to preserve attentiveness to himself.” (St. Ignatii Brianchaninov)

“When Christ our God is tempted in the wilderness, He encounters repeated gimmicks from Satan, who plies his familiar trade of sowing doubts. “If You are the Son of God” (Mt 4:3, 6) is one example; “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me” (vs. 9) is another. The devil’s approach is always based on the insertion of an “if” – it is entirely hypothetical, fully conjectural, and certainly destructive…We must pay attention when the subtle, conditional if is offered, avoiding anything that appears devious.” (Dynamis 1/27/2020)

“We have become so inattentive to the work of our salvation, that we misinterpret many other words in Holy Scripture as well, all because we do not seek the grace of God and in the pride of our minds, do not allow it to dwell in our souls. That is why we are without true enlightenment from the Lord, which He sends into the hearts of men who hunger and thirst wholeheartedly for God’s righteousness or holiness.” (St. Seraphim of Sarov)

“We must always be attentive to the assaults of the devil; for can we hope that he will leave us without temptation, when he did not leave alone our Founder and Source of faith and Perfecter, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself?” (Saint Seraphim of Sarov)

“The verb “to gimmick” describes actions designed to alter or influence outcomes by diverting our attention. As we read the scriptural accounts of various temptations, one thing becomes clear: the devil uses gimmickry. He takes something which we trust – the word of the Lord – and uses it for his own devious and destructive ends. This record of deception is long-standing, although often ignored.” (Dynamis 1/27/2020)

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